So, you’re ready to leave the cloud? Here’s what you need to know!


Moving onto the cloud is a significant and innovative decision for any business. It’s a massive undertaking because it requires educating your employees and making a new system and process an essential part of your day-to-day systems. And that’s just moving ON to the cloud. But what happens when you decide to move away from it?


Leaving the cloud is a decision many businesses make for various reasons; a rise in costs, security concerns, or even because of things like performance issues. No matter the reason, leaving the cloud is just a milestone decision for your business as it is to move on to it. So if you’ve recently decided to leave the cloud, read on to find out what you need to know to make the process a seamless one.


Plan, Plan, Plan

Just as you should have done when moving to the cloud, you’ll need to develop a thorough plan for leaving it. You’ll want a separate plan for implementing your new systems, whatever they may be, but you’ll also want a plan covering your transition period. A plan that includes updating your team on the latest changes, their roles in the transition should it require any additional responsibilities, as well as the timelines on how you plan to phase out certain aspects of your older cloud servers.

Keep in mind that no detail is too small, so make sure to consider every aspect of this project. It might be helpful to return to your project management onboarding plan to see what that process was like to ensure you don’t overlook any steps, or you could also bring on project managers to chart out the process for you.


Develop a Contingency Plan

When you think you’ve planned everything, it’s time to plan some more! As project managers, we know that even with the smallest detail planned out, unforeseen things will crop up. And as a business owner, you need a contingency plan to keep operations running.

So when leaving the cloud, even after you’ve made all the plans for your transition period after it, make a contingency plan with your current cloud and service providers to fall back on. Backup plans that account for things like power outages or incompatible platforms. While we hope none of these happen, you’ll be happy you have a backup plan if they do.


…Did We Mention to Plan?

We know you’re probably tired of hearing us saying this by now, but it’s true. The smartest thing you can do for yourself, your team, and your business when moving off the cloud is to PLAN. Plan for every step that will follow the preceding one. By doing this, you’ll be able to navigate your transition confidently and not miss a beat when giving your business and your team the support it needs.

Does leaving the cloud leave you in a cloud of overwhelm? Reach out to us here to find out how our team of project managers can help you make this transition seamless and efficient!